Two months ago the 5,000 square foot floor that makes up Kimmel Racing was filled with race cars. If you stopped by the shop today, you would find a completely different scene. Five different chassis that made up that cluster of race cars have since been removed from the shop floor, all for different reasons.
changes we made to #320 really helped it at Salem and we think those
changes will translate over to the Springfield/DuQuoin car.
Unfortunately, there are some things with #320 that we couldn't quite
get where we wanted, mostly related to the trailing arms and the track
bar. So we sent that one out for some updates." Chassis #54 is going to
be the super-speedway car.
Coming back to the shop will
be those three cars, #13, #320 and #54 as well as a new (new to Kimmel
Racing) intermediate car that they bought from Lira Motorsports which
will be known as Chassis #103. "Just to give you an idea how new this
one is to us, our "newest" car in the fleet is #13. It's 10 years old.
#103 is just two years old," said driver Will Kimmel. "This is really,
really going to help us on the intermediate tracks."
Racing has shown chart topping speed in practice, qualifying and during
the race at the intermediate tracks with Kimmel behind the wheel. The
#69 had legitimate chances to win at Kentucky, Chicago and Kansas in
2015. This new car could be the catalyst that the team has been looking
for to make the jump to the top of the scoring tower at the end of the
"Dad and I are really excited for 2018. The team
is excited, the sponsors are excited, everyone involved. We've spent the
last few years trying to dig out of holes that we didn't start and
we're just now poking our heads out and looking at the horizon. It's
going to be a good year."
The team hasn't announced
what their plans are for 2018 but fans should expect to see the famous
Kimmel Red race cars on more than just the ARCA circuit. "We've got a
couple opportunities we're exploring. We're a race team, that's what we
do. We race."
(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – January 17, 2015) – The new ARCA Racing Series composite body took its first laps on a superspeedway Friday afternoon at Daytona Int’l Speedway during the ARCA-sanctioned open test, all part of a process leading toward eligibility of the body on tracks over a mile in length.
Will Kimmel, the only driver who tested the composite body, was eighth fastest (186.765 mph) in the No. 69 Kimmel Racing Ford Fusion among 38 cars that tested.
“Everything went really good,” Kimmel said. “The new Five Star body performed great…no loose ends, nothing moving in the draft. Overall, I’m really happy with it. I think ARCA’s going to do really well with this car. We had to make some changes to the car to get it to run faster when you’re carrying that much body, but it responded to all our changes and went fast. I was pleasantly surprised. Very stable.”
Officials from ARCA, NASCAR and Five Star Race Car Bodies were on location for Friday’s test at Daytona gathering data.
“This is all part of the research and development regarding the introduction of the ARCA Racing Series composite body being able to compete on tracks over a mile in length in the future,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “We’re observing the overall process and performance of the car and how it adapts to the high speeds.”
The ARCA Racing Series composite body is already eligible to compete on ARCA tracks a mile in length or less, beginning with its expected debut at Mobile Int’l Speedway in the ARCA Mobile 200 March 14.
ARCA Racing Series teams will have the option at short track venues in 2015 to compete with showroom stock-appearing Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet SS body packages, constructed with state of the art, composite laminate blend materials engineered to be lightweight and durable, and to resist deflection at high speeds. The complete body is comprised of 12 flange-fit modular panels, for ease of installation and quick replacement, and weighs less than 135 pounds.
The composite body project is part of an overall cost containment initiative for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.